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OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

  VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided November 27th to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is [...]

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Venezuela says 13 dead in prison disturbance

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates at an overcrowded prison in Venezuela stormed an infirmary during protests demanding better living conditions, officials reported. Activists said November 27th the death toll could be far higher. The disturbances at the David Viloria penitentiary began November 24th when [...]

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Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman nearly a year ago. The bloodshed has been concentrated in La Paz, the capital of Baja [...]

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Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter’s epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding. Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it [...]

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Angry Mexicans protest over 43 missing students

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City’s main square. The march late November 20th sought the return of the students from a rural teachers’ college. November 20 [...]

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Slain beauty queen, sister buried in Honduras

  GUALJOCO, Honduras (AP) — Grieving family members laid to rest a beauty queen and her sister amid drenching rains November 20th, pleading for divine justice after the women were shot to death in what police say was a jealous rage by the sister’s boyfriend. Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, and her sister Sofia, [...]

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Blighted harvest drives olive oil price pressures

  BEJA, Portugal (AP) — If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather — and tiny insects. High spring temperatures, a cool summer and abundant rain are taking a big bite out of the olive harvest in some key regions of Italy, Spain, France and Portugal. Those conditions [...]

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Brazil ex-billionaire on trial for insider trading

  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s one-time richest man, whose meteoric rise to No. 7 on the Forbes billionaires list and equally spectacular bust came to symbolize the country’s economic fortunes, went on trial Tuesday in a historic insider trading case seen as a blow against an ingrained culture of impunity. Eike Batista was [...]

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Mexican boy has massive tumor removed in US

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had been suffering from a massive tumor and drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico had the growth removed after a long surgery, a church said Tuesday. In a statement, Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio [...]

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Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

  HAVANA (AP) — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over, his brother told The Associated Press Wednesday. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will [...]

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Bob Marley heirs join US firm to launch pot brand

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A U.S. private equity firm announced Tuesday it has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it touts as the “world’s first global cannabis brand.” Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley’s heirs to offer marijuana [...]

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